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10 of the Best Golf Courses Near Bethany Beach

March 21, 2023

Bethany Beach is a popular spot for beach bums and culinary crusaders. You might also be surprised to hear that the area boasts many top-notch golf courses, each with unique features and challenges. In the spirit of the Masters coming up around the corner, let’s talk about some of the best golf courses you can swing away near Bethany Beach.

Bayside Resort Golf Club

The Bayside Resort Golf Club is a breathtaking course. The Golden Bear himself, Mr. Jack Nicklaus, designed it, so you already know that this course will give you a remarkable and memorable experience with its beautiful design and panoramic views. This signature golf course is renowned for its holes that nestle along the beautiful coastline of Assawoman Bay and weave through extensive pine forests. 

The Salt Pond Golf Club

This challenging 18-hole public course sits within a community of 538 homes and townhomes and offers a unique playing experience surrounded by natural woodlands and tranquil ponds. The Salt Pond is a mid-length course that’s challenging enough for players of all handicaps. 

Golf ball sitting on the fairway of a golf course

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club

With its incredible design and well-maintained terrain, this golf course is a true chef’s kiss with 27 unique and captivating holes. The winding bentgrass fairways are surrounded by native wetland grasses, which gracefully blend into the iconic sand dunes. Every golfer is welcomed by the impeccably maintained oversized greens and four expertly placed sets of tees that provide a memorable golfing experience.

Overhead View of Bear Trap Dunes

Bethany Bay Golf Club

The Bethany Bay Golf Club provides golfers a fun and challenging 9-hole par 3 golf course beside the Indian River Bay. Ponds and wetlands come into play on six of the nine holes, making for an exciting, challenging and unique playing experience.

Golf ball being hit by a wedge on the fairway

Links at Lighthouse Sound

Located in nearby Bishopville, Maryland, the Links at Lighthouse Sound is a beautiful course that offers great mix of visual excitement and strategy. While on this course, you can check out incredible views of the bay and Ocean City skyline. Ten of the course’s holes sit beside the pristine marshlands, while others are framed with hardwoods.

American Classic Golf Course

Don’t let the name fool you, as this is considered one of the more “unconventional” courses out there. This 9-hole course encourages players to wear “LOUD” clothes and decorate golf carts with American flags. And don’t worry about the course because you’ll get some challenges along the way, including water and sand hazards and the course’s famous island green on the 6th hole. 

Ocean Pines Golf Club

Since 1972, Ocean Pines Golf Club has given golfers a joyous yet challenging experience with its classic Robert Trent Jones design. The course is open to the public year-round and provides annual memberships to those wanting to make it their home course. You’ll admire the course’s natural beauty, elegant design and world-class playing conditions.

Man swinging a golf club in the morning

River Run Golf Club

Designed by the legendary Gary Player, this course was designed to be the best the area offers. The course is often called a “tale of two nines” due to its open front nine and the tighter backside. Yes, this course is challenging for scratch golfers, but it also welcomes beginners. You’ll have to get around several lakes and marsh areas near the ocean, as the course is just seven miles from the shore.

Cripple Creek Country & Golf Club

Cripple Creek is one of the region’s only private country club located in the Bethany Beach area. The course measures just under 6,600 yards and is a par 71 from the back tees, providing golfers with a remarkable and interesting challenge. 

Kings Creek Country Club

For three consecutive years, this golf course was voted “Best Private Golf Course Reader’s Pick, Downstate” by Delaware Today. The club’s championship course offers 18 holes and a par 71. You’ll also enjoy features like bent grass tees, fairways and greens, providing a superb golfing experience for all.

If you’re a golf enthusiast in Bethany Beach, you’ll have plenty of options for finding a great course to play. From award-winning championship courses to challenging executive courses, there’s something for every golfer in the area. If Bethany Beach sounds like a great place for you to live, you should consider living at Friendship Creek; one of Mckee’s newest communities of 133 brand-new homes, just minutes from Bethany Beach, Delaware. Here, we offer three distinctly different floor plans, each exhibiting McKee’s award-winning designs. Residents will enjoy a community pool and dog park in the perfect location for enjoying all there is to love at the beach. Is this the community for you? Contact us today and schedule your tour!

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